The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 7, 2013

READER: Let’s work together to make Clinton a better place

CLINTON — I have been watching the news, reading the letters to editor etc. about the situations in Clinton. 

And I just had to respond to some of the negativeness that seems to have over-taken our town.

First, was the letter to editor from one of our Council members calling out Mayor Vulich and saying some horrible things about him and decisions he had made.  Then came the next letter to the editor  from a Clinton Humane Society member calling out again, Mayor Vulich and also council members Paul Gassman, Bev Hermann and Maggie Klaes saying they are a disgrace to our community and that this person was stunned and sickened by their irresponsible and childish actions concerning the Clinton Humane Society.

I do not always agree with everything the Mayor and Council have made choices on, but I think this is really sad that people act like they are in grade school and revert to name calling.  I happen to know most of these people personally and I would like to say they are at least trying to do something for our city.  You cannot afford to give the Human Society twice as much money this year as in past years with our budget as bad as it is.  

Why can’t we at least give the Humane Society what we have in the past and help keep it going as I believe there is a need for this in our community now more than ever with the tough times.  I love animals and have three of my own, but I still do not think we can put the animals above human safety.  We do not have enough money to hire enough police officers or keep our city workers and now we are in danger of losing the YWCA women’s shelter which is so needed.  When our officers get eight to 10 domestic calls a day, these are things we cannot be without.

People are always so ready to judge our Mayor and Council, but very few are willing to try to do anything to help make it better.  It is easier to sit back and complain than to try to make a difference.  I found this out firsthand when I was asking people to go the council meetings to save our police, fire and city workers jobs.  

Do not complain about what they do unless you want to be a part of the solution.  These people live in our community and they deserve our respect and support.  If you don’t agree to do this the correct way, by going to the meetings not name calling in the paper and saying nasty things to the news media about things, please do not make comments at all.  

We want new industry to come to our town.  Why would anyone in their right mind really want to?  So many people that live here now are talking about selling their homes and moving out of Clinton due to rates on so many things rising and not enough police officers and now the issues with the Humane Society.  Our family for one is on a fixed income and with the increase in sewer, garbage etc., it is really hard to make ends meet.  I feel that the respectable people of Clinton that pay their bills etc.  are the ones that are getting the shaft.  We have to pay more because others do not pay their bills.  That is really unfair.  

But there are only so many ways you can collect from people.  I do like it that people that are behind in their sewer bills are having it taken out of their state taxes.  Hopefully, this will help some.  I also believe that we need to find a way for the large apartment complexes to get current on their sewer etc.  Maybe then the rest of us would not have to absorb so much of the burden.

So please everyone, let’s see what we can do together by working together as the body of Clinton and making this the kind of town we want it to be, that we are proud to call our home.

Connie Brashaw,

Clinton

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Off and on the record Let us now praise anonymous sources.The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White Hous

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • CCC thanks community, collaborators for successful movie night Clinton Community College would like to thank those who participated in the free outdoor movie showing of “Captain America – Winter Soldier” on the evening of Friday, July 18.We are grateful to have such wonderful community collaborators in the Erick

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-21-14 David Helscher mug Prepare for possible effects of Fed's decisions It has been more than 5 years since the Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to support the economy through purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt securities. This has generally been called quantitative easing and has not been withou

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook